38 Tasting Notes
This is my fourth 2 oz envelope of this tea. As I have been ordering and drinking this tea, I have noticed that it has definitely gone downhill. This went from my favorite tea to being just sorta MEH. It barely has a peach flavor and fragrance, and even though green tea is the first ingredient, it is a very weak green tea; and that’s using 2 teaspoons, not just 1!
Also, the ingredients listed on this page are incomplete. I am looking at the label on an envelope right now and they are: Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls green tea, green rooibos tea, hibiscus flowers, apple pieces, rosehip peels, peach pieces (peach, rice flour), kiwi pieces, strawberry pieces, flavoring (apricot, peach, cream strawberry), safflower petals & marigold petals.
What kind of flavoring? Natural or artificial? Why is there rice flour in my tea? I’m now looking for teas without lots of strange additives.
I hate to say this, but the first sniff I had of the tea in the envelope smelled like hay bales. I started to wonder about this tea. When steeped, the tea had light sweetness and earthy notes. As it cooled more in my cup, the umami notes came out stronger in conjunction with more sweetness. I have to say the green flavors were not as strong as I was afraid they might be, and the tea is actually quite a bit softer in flavoring than I had guessed. It’s growing on me.
I really like this tea, whether I drink it straight or with a touch of almond milk. I and my husband have been drinking this tea for some time and it has been consistently good. There are two troubling aspects to this tea, though: 1) It cannot be re-brewed but instead you must add at least 1 more teaspoon of tea (I always use at least 2 tsp/cup); and 2) the last ingredient listed on the envelope label is “artificial flavoring.” That’s really too bad, as I am now in search of teas that do NOT have artificial flavoring or maltodextrin. I think those ingredients are only added to increase Teavana’s bottom line at the expense of the tea; they detract from the flavor and quality of the tea.
I really like this black tea. It’s Early Grey, but without the hard edges. I love it with a small dash of almond milk, right away in the morning. The only thing I don’t love is that Teavana is putting artificial flavoring in it. Why? It’s right on the envelope label but was left off of the main description of the tea on this page. If you’re going to put artificial flavoring in something, you have to list it.
I will be searching for a replacement if Teavana does not remove the artificial flavoring, which I doubt. A tea WITHOUT artificial flavors.
Expected a green tea with a lemon flavor, but the flavor of lemon was slight and the tea left an aftertaste in my mouth. The bad taste was probably from maltodextrin being one of the ingredients; I am gluten-sensitive and didn’t realize that you shouldn’t consume maltodextrin until I started noticing that certain foods and beverages tasted bad, and I read about maltodextrin. Anyway, leave the maltodextrin out of tea and put in more REAL flavors and tea!
A piece of organic lemon helped but I won’t miss this tea. Apparently it isn’t available anymore from the description of the tea by JP.
This tea sounded great in the description; however, bothe the chocolate flavor and the spiciness were very light. I have used two 2 oz envelopes of this tea and the second envelope was much weaker. The first ingredient is apple pieces, which may help to explain why the chocolate flavor is not as strong as it should be. Most of that flavor comes from the second ingredient, carob; chocolate flavoring is far down the list. I was fairly disappointed in this tea.
I think this is one of the better blends Teavana has sold, as well as one of the better chais. I understand this blend has now been discontinued. Lack of sales? I liked the spicy, peppery flavors which were enhanced with the addition of German Rock Salt (Teavana also). I also added vanilla almond milk (decreasing the amount of sugar then) which made it smooth, spicy, and a little sweet.